Which non-Naim Dac are you using?

Maybe the majority of the brand's lovers is using the Naim Dac hoping to have the same balance, but I wonder I many are experiencing other brands.

I have a Teac UD 501 - which is ok but sometimes has too much of a soft presentation - but I intend to "jump" to a much more sofisticated Chord QDB 76 Dac (used of corse).

The question is: How many are using  non-Naim dac's with success? 

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Chord QBD76 here. Quite a successful match with Naim amps but I have not listened to a lot of DACs. It's a rather significant upgrade from the Musical Fidelity M1 DAC that I have. The Chord is much more natural and analog sounding. The MF M1 DAC is digital sounding.

I have actually shortlisted the Naim DAC prior to getting the Chord QBD76 but the additional upgrade box in the XPS puts be off. I can still accommodate the additional Hicap and NAPSC boxes but decided not to add an additional PSU box with the source. I have no qualms the Naim DAC + XPS will make beautiful music as well.

Peter,you have to get a camera connection kit for the I-pad,and it is plugged in to the lower res USB input,which only does up to 44.1 kHz,fortunately that is what the "high res"Tidal is actually outputting.There are 2 USB inputs on the Hugo,the other one does up to 32bit/384 kHz...so it is hard wired to the Hugo,not Bluetooth,however I get the Tidal signal on the I-pad wirelessly from my network at home and at work.

There are many fine DACs.  The Naim DAC excels at interoperating with Naim amps and preamps -- the Naim remote controls it without issues, and dims out Source buttons, same as on amps, using the Display button on the remote.  You can attach eight digital sources to your Naim DAC, plus your iPod/Phone/Pad, which it will charge, or not, as you wish.  It sounds rather good, while doing all if this.

The Naim DAC can be controlled by System Automation from an NDx.

If all of these things are important to a person, she/he need not agonize about alternatives -- there aren't any.

I use a Headroom Total BitHead on my computer I like a lot; discontinued, unfortunately.

Nick

Blue Circle 509. The organic quality and excellence in tone is a sound signature of BC that seems to compliment Naim very well IMO, though I haven't heard the latest offerings from Chord or the revered Naim DAC, which is on the top of my wish list to try. 

I've had my Chord QBD76HDSD for a while now and so far it's the best sounding DAC I've heard in my system. I've given DAVE a very good chance to steal its crown but it doesn't cut the mustard! I'm not inclined to try other DACs really, unless something really revolutionary turns up.

I use a DAC V1 in a second system as a DAC/preamp and very good it is too. I did try it in the main system as a DAC only and it's decent enough but not a patch on the Chord.

naka posted:

Maybe the majority of the brand's lovers is using the Naim Dac hoping to have the same balance, but I wonder I many are experiencing other brands.

I have a Teac UD 501 - which is ok but sometimes has too much of a soft presentation - but I intend to "jump" to a much more sofisticated Chord QDB 76 Dac (used of corse).

The question is: How many are using  non-Naim dac's with success? 

I have the Teac UD 501 in one PC/TV setup and the DAC-V1 in another. I find the Teac delivery to be very NAIMlike and great VFM. There are some upgraded component paths for it on the web if interested.

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